A few years ago I started my first layout with atlas track and gave up in total frustration.I've now begun again with Kato track and am much happier.I'm at the very bottom of the learning curve but reading the posts in this and other forums has tought me a lot pretty quickly.Lot more to learn but I'm having a great time. A couple of Q's if I may: 1. Why do some locos run slower than others? 2. Why do some locos slow down when they cross the main line end of a turnout? 3. The Kato powerpack only has one plugin to run the train; a.Do you use that 3 way extention cord to run additional feeder tracks? b. Where do you get the power to run lights,signals and other acceseries? As you can see, I don't know very much and any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.